Fresh off a victory in the ICC America's T20 Championship, Amabhir Jimmy Hansra has been tapped to lead Canada's senior men's team. Cricket Canada confirmed the announcement today in Toronto. Hansra joined the team in 2010 and quickly became an integral member of the side rising to prominence at the 2011 Cricket World Cup finishing second in Canada's run tally.
Hansra succeeds Ashish Bagai who stepped aside from full time cricket after the Cricket World Cup.
Cricket Canada has also confirmed that they have come to an agreement with Hansra on a full time contract.
" I am honoured to be chosen to lead the Cricket Canada Men's National Team. I am aware, excited and focused on all the challenges that lie ahead and will work together with the Management team and the players to further establish cricket in Canada.
I would like to thank Ashish Bagai for his contributions as a leader. In a short term under his captaincy, I was impressed by his hard work and professionalism, and will try to continue to build from where he left off. It is an honour to represent your country in any sport or cause, and I will try my best to keep that pride and hunger alive in the heart of every cricketer that puts on the Canadian colours.
I thank the organization once again for giving me this opportunity. I will bring my passion, strong work ethic and professionalism into this side as a leader and use it to the best of my ability for the success of the organization."
Cricket Canada has a busy month of August with visits from Afghanistan and Trinidad and Tobago.